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Lager VII: Angestellten Wohnlager

Camp for: German civilian workers
Camp population: 1,800
Camp Lagerführer: Ernst Deltow

Angestellten Wohnlager, lager VII, was established in early 1943 for German civilian workers. The camp that consisted of around 39 barracks and a reception area, all of which can be made out from reconnaissance footage was based just south of Lager I Leonhard Haag, and between the streets of E and H of IG Farben (please note the street letters ranged from north to south – A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, and adjacent to the main west entrance to the chemical plant).

Around 1,800 workers lived in Angestellten Wohnlager under the command of Lagerführer Ernst Deltow. Much of the camp was destroyed in late 1944 following a bombing raid on the IG Farben plant. Lager VII was one of only 3 camps to be severely damaged by the bombing raids alongside Lager VI Pulverturm, and Lager IX (unnamed), infact, Lager IX never fully recovered from the damage to the camp or surrounding area.  

As of 2016, the camp has not been commemorated.

 

Prisoner Testimonies of Angestellten Wohnlager

Read the testimony of Józef Wrona

 

Existing Camp Relics

There is nothing existing in the area apart from a small portion of the camp posts at the south perimeter wall. As of late 2016 these are in danger of being removed following heavy renovation to the road that penetrates the north between the former camp and the west bank of the IG Farben camp.

Map showing the barracks and camp buildings of Angestellten Wohnlager
Map showing the barracks and camp buildings of Angestellten Wohnlager
Map designed by Michael Challoner ©

 

The last remaining fence of the camp looking towards the south-east
           
The last remaining fence from the south facing the north
           
The memorial to the victims who perished at Auschwitz III
            Image 1
The last remaining fence of the camp looking towards the south-east
Photo by Michael Challoner ©

Image 2
The last remaining fence from the south facing the north
Photo by Michael Challoner ©

Image 3
The memorial to the victims who perished at Auschwitz III that has
been placed opposite the former camp
Photo by Michael Challoner ©

 

Sources

Information about sources we used while researching the werk kamp you can find here.